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India Commits to Achieving Net Zero Emissions by 2070, Says Dr. Jitendra Singh

Dr. Jitendra Singh emphasized India's unwavering commitment to combating climate change and its multifaceted efforts to achieve sustainable development while addressing global environmental challenges.

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India Commits to Achieving Net Zero Emissions by 2070, Says Dr. Jitendra Singh (Photo Source: PIB)
India Commits to Achieving Net Zero Emissions by 2070, Says Dr. Jitendra Singh (Photo Source: PIB)

Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Science & Technology, MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Space, and Atomic Energy has reaffirmed India's commitment to achieving the Net Zero emission target by 2070. This pledge aligns with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement and underscores India's determination to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through research, innovation, and international collaboration.

Speaking at the 'Green Ribbon Champions' program in New Delhi, Dr. Jitendra Singh highlighted India's comprehensive approach to address climate change and its commitment to both short-term and long-term goals. These goals include reaching a non-fossil fuel energy capacity of 500 GW by 2030, fulfilling half of its energy requirements through renewable sources by 2030, reducing CO2 emissions by 1 billion tons by 2030, lowering carbon intensity below 45 percent by 2030, and ultimately achieving Net-Zero emissions by 2070.

Dr. Jitendra Singh referenced Prime Minister Modi's pivotal role at the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in November 2021. At this event, PM Modi introduced India's five-pronged climate action plan, known as the 'Panchamrit' elements, which include the commitment to Net-Zero emissions by 2070 and a focus on sustainable lifestyles.

Under PM Modi's leadership, India has been actively involved in global initiatives such as Mission Innovation (MI) and the International Solar Alliance, both established at COP21 in 2015. India played a pioneering role as a founding member of Mission Innovation, a global initiative aimed at accelerating the clean energy revolution and aligning with the Paris Agreement's goals.

India's proactive stance against climate change is further evident through its ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), which aim to reduce emission intensity by 33-35% by 2030 compared to 2005 levels. India's rapid transition to renewable energy sources, including the achievement of 40% energy production from renewables, demonstrates its commitment to clean energy.

Dr. Jitendra Singh highlighted India's growing focus on hydrogen energy, with the launch of the National Hydrogen Energy Mission and efforts to produce cost-competitive green hydrogen. He also mentioned the country's roadmap for a bio-based economy, emphasizing the role of sustainable biofuels in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Additionally, India has developed a Cooling Action Plan (CAP) aimed at reducing cooling demand while maintaining energy efficiency. The Union Minister noted India's strides in nuclear power generation, with plans to achieve 20 GW capacity by 2030, making it the third-largest producer of atomic energy globally. India is also exploring the potential of the Blue Economy to promote sustainable economic development while addressing issues like plastic pollution in the oceans.

Dr. Jitendra Singh highlighted the significance of the National Research Foundation (NRF) Bill, 2023, passed by Parliament, which will promote research and innovation across educational institutions and research organizations. This initiative will further boost clean energy research and align with Mission Innovation's objectives.

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